Visit MECA for a BFA Open House! During our day-long events, you can meet faculty, staff and BFA students, tour the campus and residence halls, make art in the studios, have lunch, get your portfolio reviewed, and have an opportunity to explore downtown Portland.

Open Houses at MECA

Visit us for a Open House! These events are a great opportunity to see MECA’s amazing facilities, have a portfolio review, and meet with our students, faculty, and staff. Please see below for information on upcoming Open House dates.

Our typical schedule is below. When you register for the event, we’ll send a confirmation and outline of the day within two business days as well as a full schedule to you the week before the event so you know exactly what to expect!

  • Check-In and Light Breakfast
  • Faculty Meet and Greet
  • Campus & Housing Tours — choose from one of the following when you register
    • Track 1: Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
    • Track 2: Digital Media, Graphic Design, Illustration
    • Track 3: Ceramics, Metalsmithing & Jewelry, Textile & Fashion Design, Woodworking & Furniture Design
  • Lunch
  • Student Stations — prospective students will get a deeper look at four of MECA’s majors through a studio visit with one of our BFA students, attending a demo or screening, or participating in a micro-workshop!
  • Parent Information Session
  • Optional Portfolio Reviews

Upcoming Open Houses

Please check back for more information about upcoming Open Houses for Summer and Fall 2018.

Recommended Hotels

Portland has several excellent options to stay downtown. Below are two of our recommendations; you’ll find several other options through a quick Google search or on AirBnb.

Holiday Inn By the Bay
88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101

Must ask for Maine College of Art special corporate rate
June 1 – Oct 31: $159 + tax for Standard Double / Double Room
Nov 1 – Dec 31: $109 + tax for Standard Double / Double Room
Upgrades to Standard King Rooms are +$25
Upgrades to Executive Rooms are +$50
Not applicable to group bookings of 8 or more rooms, conventions or blackout periods
Parking is $10 per night/ per vehicle
Smoking is prohibited
Rates may change without announcement

Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port
433 Fore Street, Portland ME, 04101
Corporate Room Rates

Rate is $109/night, Sunday–Thursday, then 20% off best available rate on Friday and Saturday nights
Ask for Maine College of Art special corporate rate
Rates may change without announcement


Watch the Parent’s Talk from our latest Open House and learn more about MECA!


If you can’t make it on an Open House date, please contact Admissions to schedule an individual campus visit.

We encourage you and your family to come tour our facilities and talk with our students and faculty. Campus tours, personal interviews, and portfolio reviews are available by appointment. 

To schedule an individual visit, see here for more information on availability and contact: